Purpose of Grant: To assist community colleges to operate economic development/job training grant programs to provide workforce development training courses to businesses and organizations to promote and encourage the location and development of new business in the state, and to create and retain employment opportunities in the state and local communities.
Project Period: January 1, 2019- August 1, 2020
Application Due Date: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 1, 2019 or when all funds have been committed.
Project Description: All proposals should include training that is customized to the employer’s needs and, to a limited extent, provide related curriculum development and assessment. Funding of business-specific projects will be the priority, however, proposals for non-profit and non-state governmental organizations will also be considered. Three types of workforce training are eligible for funding:
- Individual projects: Projects that focus on training for a single employer in a particular training area or areas.
- Consortium projects: Projects that focus on a type of training that serves multiple employers or where multiple colleges work together as a regional consortium to train for an employer(s) in a specific area. An industry association can act as the employer for this type of project if that organization provides the match.
- Demonstration projects: A limited number of special demonstration projects may be considered that develop and implement new and innovative courses, programs or curriculum. For these types of projects, modest funding for other direct costs may be included such as staff assistance, release time, material development, and/or incidental operating costs and travel for project activities. Matching funds from employer(s) will still be required at 25% of the total project cost including a 10% cash match. Demonstration project proposals may include: Training courses or programs that provide a pathway for employees between non-credit and credit courses, certificates and degree programs, Industry or campus certifications awarded for specific training programs, Innovative training ideas (boot camps, short courses, etc.), Entrepreneurial programs that tie to START-UP NY programs or companies, Development of regional training programs in a new or emerging industry.
Eligible Applicants: Community Colleges
Funding: $50,000 for individual project grants, $85,000 for consortium projects, and $75,000 for demonstration projects. The employer must contribute at least 25% of the total project cost in matching funds and at least 10% must be in the form of cash. Multiple project proposals may be submitted, however $85,000 is the maximum for all projects.